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For Immediate Release:
November 17, 2015
Media Contact:
Johanna Cervone
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Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava concludes Small Business Academy with access to capital expo

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Cutler Bay, FL- Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava concluded the first District 8 Small Business Academy with an access to capital forum and expo on November 16th. The month-long program was the first of its kind by a County Commissioner and it culminated with a panel discussion and expo, where over 30 participating entrepreneurs had the opportunity to meet with financial institutions to explore options for growth and partnerships. The graduates received certificates signed by Mayor Gimenez, Chairman Monestime and Commissioner Levine Cava.

“My office is dedicated to economic development in South Dade. The Small Business Academy provided resources and information to assist local entrepreneurs with some of the common challenges small businesses face. I was motivated to start the academy from the priorities expressed at the South Dade Solutions Summit and I am thrilled that such a diverse group of businesses participated in our first program,” explained Commissioner Levine Cava.

The evening began with a brief panel discussion on lending best practices and alternative funding sources for small businesses. Later, lenders set-up booths where the entrepreneurs demonstrated their candidacy for capital resources. Using the skills they learned from the Small Business Academy, participants navigated the traditional and nontraditional funding institutions to find the option that best suits their goals.

The expo falls during the one year anniversary of Commissioner Levine Cava being elected to office. To mark the occasion, the District 8 office has launched 8 Days of Engagement, a celebration of South Dade’s unique community. The anniversary also presents an opportunity to discuss local issues and accomplishments, including those around small businesses and economic development.

“Small businesses are vital community partners and I am committed to delivering the resources they need to prosper. Empowering our local entrepreneurs is a win-win for our economy and our quality of life; when we empower our small businesses, our entire community thrives,” said Commissioner Levine Cava.

Sponsors for the District 8 Small Business Academy include: Partners for Self-Employment, Hispanic Business Initiative Fund, Economic Development Council of South Dade, Miami-Dade County Small Business Development Division, The Beacon Council, CareerSource of South Florida and the Florida International University Small Business Development Clinic.

Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava with the first graduating cohort of the District 8 Small Business Academy.

Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava addresses the entrepreneurs and panelists.

Participants of the District 8 Small Business Academy demonstrate their candidacy for capital resources and partnerships.

Participants of the District 8 Small Business Academy speak with traditional and nontraditional financial institutions.